Welcome to my new crafty obsession 

I’ve always had a fascination with paper crafts but have never delved very far into that world. When scrapbooking was popular I was, for some reason, repelled by it but also had a strange fascination. This interest ebbs and flows. 

Recently I was in a local craft store buying art supplies and found myself drawn to an aisle that carried all of these completely adorable stamps and examples of handmade cards. I was instantly hooked. I started collecting these things and have even tried making a few, but I honestly don’t know what I’m doing.

Today I was at Craft Warehouse again and they offered a free class! So I made this card. It was fun. 🙂

Throwback Thursday – college graduations

In normal life mode you do your thing: go to work,  do your hobbies, maybe hang out with a friend your two, rinse and repeat. But sometimes you get to experience a truly epic weekend that defies all the logic of regular living.

I found myself reading some old blog posts and remembered May 2003. It was one of those epic weekends. Two pretty major events happened that weekend. I graduated with my MLIS, and my mom and stepdad drove down to Santa Cruz, CA to attend the ceremony. They stayed I think one night? We somehow managed to pack a million things into the visit (including a tour of Pebble Beach). The morning they left we boarded a plane to Las Vegas to attend my Brother In Law’s Wedding. I am not normally an on-the-go kind of person. I kind of need a lot of time to process stuff. I can’t believe I did all of this in a mere few hours!

Anyway, in the process of all of this reminiscing I spend some time looking at the photos from my graduation. And then yesterday my Mother in Law sent me a photo from my graduation from UCSC . And BOOM. A blog post was born.

The left is my graduation at UCSC (BA), the right is my graduation four years later from SJSU (MLIS). Should I tell you how old I was in these photos? Hmm. I think I’ll leave that a secret.

lesson learned

Remember that time, a million years a month ago when 45 was sworn in as president and millions of women went out in the streets to march the next day? I mentioned in my post about it that I brought my film camera, an Olympus Trip, to my local march. I got over my shyness and fears and managed to take several portraits of my fellow marchers with their signs. I was so stoked.

A few weekends ago I decided to develop two rolls of film, the Women’s March roll, and a test roll from the wonderful Sprocket Rocket I received from the Emulsive Secret Santa.

Imagine my horror when I pulled the film out of the tank and it was blank. It felt like my heart sank and broke into a million pieces all at the same time.

After inquiring about what could have happened I realized the problem was that my developer failed. I mean, of course it failed. I’d been getting down to the end of  a bottle of Adonal that was at least two years old and, (this is the key red flag here) it was CRUNCHY. Why did I not throw it away when it started to get crunchy? I don’t know. Admittedly, it was crunchy for awhile and still working. But I guess developer can only be crunchy for so long before giving up the ghost. Which it did. But I lost a roll of important-to-me film in the process of learning this lesson.